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Plains Edition USDA Information for 9-5-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 30, 2009

A cool week slowed crop maturity. Some producers were harvesting corn for silage in southern counties. A few fields of proso millet have been harvested in the Panhandle and the first fields of winter wheat are being planted. Other producer activities included preparing wheat ground for seeding and getting ready for fall harvest.

Temps averaged 4 degrees below normal across the state. Temperatures ranged from the mid 90’s to lows near 40. Widespread precipitation fell with amounts of one to two inches common in the southeastern third of the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 6 poor, 15 fair, 50 good, and 26 excellent, even with last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 79% good or excellent, below last year while dryland fields rated 71, above year ago levels. Corn in the dough stage was 89%, behind last year’s 91 and six days behind the 94 average. Corn in the dent stage was 53%, behind last year’s 60 and five days behind the 66 average.

Corn mature was 1%, near last year’s 2 but behind the 5 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 57 good, and 21 excellent, well above last year’s 67% good or excellent condition. Soybeans turning color was 12%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind the 15 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 23 fair, 60 good, and 11 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition. Third cutting was 79% complete, behind last year’s 83 and the 87 average. Fourth cutting was 9% complete, ahead of last year’s 3 and 7 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 24 fair, 56 good, and 17 excellent, near last year’s 74% good or excellent condition. Sorghum headed was 94%, behind last year and the average of 97. Sorghum turning color was 16%, behind last year’s 28 and ten days behind the 44 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 10 poor, 21 fair, 58 good, and 9 exc., near last year’s 69% good or exc. condition. Dry beans turning color were 15%, well behind last year’s 45 and a week behind the 38 average. Dry beans dropping leaves was 1%, behind last year’s 7 and 11 average.

Wheat seeded was 2% complete, behind last year but even with the average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 55 good, and 16 exc., above last year’s 55% good or exc. condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 89 max, 46 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 91 max, 45 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 93 max, 41 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 94 max, 45 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 82% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.43 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.39 – 121% of normal.

CEN: 0.35- 111% of normal.

SW: 0.57 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 79% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 9% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 89% Corn dough, 53% Corn dent, 1% Corn mature, 96% Dry beans setting pods, 15% Dry beans turning color, 1% Dry beans dropping leaves, 1% Proso millet harvested, 94% Sorghum headed, 16% Sorghum turning color, 12% Soybeans turning color, 2% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 30, 2009

A cool week slowed crop maturity. Some producers were harvesting corn for silage in southern counties. A few fields of proso millet have been harvested in the Panhandle and the first fields of winter wheat are being planted. Other producer activities included preparing wheat ground for seeding and getting ready for fall harvest.

Temps averaged 4 degrees below normal across the state. Temperatures ranged from the mid 90’s to lows near 40. Widespread precipitation fell with amounts of one to two inches common in the southeastern third of the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 6 poor, 15 fair, 50 good, and 26 excellent, even with last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 79% good or excellent, below last year while dryland fields rated 71, above year ago levels. Corn in the dough stage was 89%, behind last year’s 91 and six days behind the 94 average. Corn in the dent stage was 53%, behind last year’s 60 and five days behind the 66 average.

Corn mature was 1%, near last year’s 2 but behind the 5 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 57 good, and 21 excellent, well above last year’s 67% good or excellent condition. Soybeans turning color was 12%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind the 15 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 23 fair, 60 good, and 11 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition. Third cutting was 79% complete, behind last year’s 83 and the 87 average. Fourth cutting was 9% complete, ahead of last year’s 3 and 7 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 24 fair, 56 good, and 17 excellent, near last year’s 74% good or excellent condition. Sorghum headed was 94%, behind last year and the average of 97. Sorghum turning color was 16%, behind last year’s 28 and ten days behind the 44 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 10 poor, 21 fair, 58 good, and 9 exc., near last year’s 69% good or exc. condition. Dry beans turning color were 15%, well behind last year’s 45 and a week behind the 38 average. Dry beans dropping leaves was 1%, behind last year’s 7 and 11 average.

Wheat seeded was 2% complete, behind last year but even with the average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 55 good, and 16 exc., above last year’s 55% good or exc. condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 89 max, 46 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 91 max, 45 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 93 max, 41 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 94 max, 45 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 82% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.43 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.39 – 121% of normal.

CEN: 0.35- 111% of normal.

SW: 0.57 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 79% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 9% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 89% Corn dough, 53% Corn dent, 1% Corn mature, 96% Dry beans setting pods, 15% Dry beans turning color, 1% Dry beans dropping leaves, 1% Proso millet harvested, 94% Sorghum headed, 16% Sorghum turning color, 12% Soybeans turning color, 2% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 30, 2009

A cool week slowed crop maturity. Some producers were harvesting corn for silage in southern counties. A few fields of proso millet have been harvested in the Panhandle and the first fields of winter wheat are being planted. Other producer activities included preparing wheat ground for seeding and getting ready for fall harvest.

Temps averaged 4 degrees below normal across the state. Temperatures ranged from the mid 90’s to lows near 40. Widespread precipitation fell with amounts of one to two inches common in the southeastern third of the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 6 poor, 15 fair, 50 good, and 26 excellent, even with last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 79% good or excellent, below last year while dryland fields rated 71, above year ago levels. Corn in the dough stage was 89%, behind last year’s 91 and six days behind the 94 average. Corn in the dent stage was 53%, behind last year’s 60 and five days behind the 66 average.

Corn mature was 1%, near last year’s 2 but behind the 5 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 57 good, and 21 excellent, well above last year’s 67% good or excellent condition. Soybeans turning color was 12%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind the 15 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 23 fair, 60 good, and 11 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition. Third cutting was 79% complete, behind last year’s 83 and the 87 average. Fourth cutting was 9% complete, ahead of last year’s 3 and 7 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 24 fair, 56 good, and 17 excellent, near last year’s 74% good or excellent condition. Sorghum headed was 94%, behind last year and the average of 97. Sorghum turning color was 16%, behind last year’s 28 and ten days behind the 44 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 10 poor, 21 fair, 58 good, and 9 exc., near last year’s 69% good or exc. condition. Dry beans turning color were 15%, well behind last year’s 45 and a week behind the 38 average. Dry beans dropping leaves was 1%, behind last year’s 7 and 11 average.

Wheat seeded was 2% complete, behind last year but even with the average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 55 good, and 16 exc., above last year’s 55% good or exc. condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 89 max, 46 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 91 max, 45 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 93 max, 41 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 94 max, 45 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 82% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.43 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.39 – 121% of normal.

CEN: 0.35- 111% of normal.

SW: 0.57 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 79% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 9% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 89% Corn dough, 53% Corn dent, 1% Corn mature, 96% Dry beans setting pods, 15% Dry beans turning color, 1% Dry beans dropping leaves, 1% Proso millet harvested, 94% Sorghum headed, 16% Sorghum turning color, 12% Soybeans turning color, 2% Winter wheat seeded.


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